As promised, I told you all that I will update you on how Isaiah's doctor appointment went from my last blog post about my son possibly having plagiocephaly. If you're just tuning into this series of updates you can check out my first post about how Isaiah's medical journey began HERE.
Just to do a short recap for you, when my son was around two months old I started to suspect that he may be developing the very common condition of plagiocephaly or otherwise called "flat head syndrome". I had brought it up to his doctor at his next appointment and she agreed that he needed to be looked at further and put in a referral in for us to see a specialist. We went to his appointment that took about a month for us to wait for and see a cranial facial surgeon. I'm not completely sure if this is how it goes in other areas, but in my city, these special doctors are the only ones who can asses and diagnose plagiocephaly in children. Sounds scary, but he wasn't having a procedure done, just getting confirmed on if what we think is going on really is. I felt nervous and anxious for him. I wasn't really sure why either. I think I was concerned what the "after" was going to be like. If it's true or am I just being dramatic? Feelings like that consumed my thoughts that entire morning.
We got there, signed in and waited. It wasn't long before we were called back and after heading into the doctors office, they began right away in looking him over. The nurse checked the range of motion in his neck as well as taking measurements of his head. She took pictures from every angle and then had us wait for the doctor when she was done. It wasn't long before the doctor came in and began to ask more questions about Isaiah and his development. Was he doing tummy time? Was he rolling over? How much tummy time does he do? The feelings of guilt washed over all over again as I told her my answers. I blame myself, and it's hard not to when it comes to something like this. I was the one in charge of him spending more time on his belly, but the kid SCREAMS bloody murder anytime I would attempt, so I didn't. The questions were done and here comes the news; He needs a helmet. She described his case as severe brachycephaly and if we wanted to correct it he would need to be in a helmet for six months. The doctor also served up a surprise with also telling us he had a stiff neck and will need physical therapy. The helmet process is a whole other story that's still playing out. Once I can emerge my head from the pile of paperwork in front of me I'll be doing a third update for you all. While we're waiting for that bit of our life to happen, we're finding creative ways to correct it at home. Isaiah is doing more tummy time and is MUCH better at it! He managed to roll over at four months and three weeks and is getting more comfortable with being on his stomach (kind of). Throughout the day we try our best to not have him lay down but be upright or laying on his belly to help his stiff neck as much as we can.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been SO SUPPORTIVE in sending me sweet messages of encouragement- you all are the best! I'm still so new at this mom thing and mom guilt can be very real! Life happens, things happen and sometimes they are out of your control. I thank the Lord for grace everyday and he is sure to supply. Stay tuned for another update on the actual helmeting process- if everything goes well this kid will be in one until his first birthday with the cutest round head you ever did see.